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Loving and Supporting Neighborhood

Our community is the kind where everyone pulls together at a moment’s notice.

Someone I like to call our neighborhood philanthropist spread the idea to help celebrate the life of a child who passed away too young. The child is the daughter of a pillar of our neighborhood. The idea is to hang an orange heart on the mailbox and if you need the orange heart, to go to their mailbox and take what you need. This person cut innumerable heart shapes and pounded pavement to get the businesses on board, who are more than happy to help support their fellow business owner who is the father of this sweet little angel.

Overnight, everyone scrambled to find something orange, the child’s favorite color, and display it for all to see. I saw orange: ribbons, hearts, balloons of all shapes, bandanas, towels, and mostly orange heart shapes attached to business signs, mailboxes, vehicles and even the people themselves wearing orange and carrying orange plants. The family is going to plant a garden in their daughter’s memory.

These are the news stories I want to read and hear about in the media. This is a great example of how social media can and will be used for good reasons. The overwhelming community support is possible by posting one message and letting it go viral. We have lots of love to go around and just need the media to help us spread the good stories for copycat good deeds.

I now see why orange was this girl’s favorite color and I will never look at orange anything the same way ever again. Orange to me reminds me of the peaceful Orange Revolution and now it also means love and community fellowship with this sweet little angel’s face in the front leading the way.

It is amazing how people came up with homemade signs cut/sawed and painted so quickly, among other things. This just goes to show you that anything is possible when we put our minds together and go after that goal. Embrace the challenge to reach the goal.

Anything is possible when it comes from love. I love my neighborhood.

Best of health to you and goodbye to you and this family’s sweet little angel. The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

(photos by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit, crafts made by the people in my neighborhood)

#1 Weight Loss Supplement…

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Please be careful with supplements of any kind. I prefer whole foods and a natural lifestyle; but, if you feel that you need supplements, please be sure to speak with your doctor, pharmacist and registered dietitian who will know best what to do for you.

You also have your personal trainer at your fingertips who is always on call to help you with any and all health, wellness and fitness issues. We are a very important part of your allied health team and more than happy to help you remain safe and well while reaching your goals. The only side effect is your best health possible.

Best of health to you and goodbye for now.

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

 

 

ACE Walking Fun Fact

The risk of exercise-related injuries is 1 to 5 percent for walkers compared to 20 to 70 percent for runners.

 

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Knowing about the injury risk of running keeps me satisfied with the decision to walk rather than run. We all have our issues to deal with; but, why knowingly overdo something? I ask the doctor what track athletes do about lower body pain and get the response that the runner runs with pain.

Athletes do get hurt; they just do not tell you; because, their goal is to win at all costs. An athlete loves their job so much that they will do anything to work through the pain or other issue. Then again, how long is the athlete able to keep up their pace to continue winning?

For the rest of us who want healthy longevity for a lifetime of happiness, walking is a great exercise. Therefore, be happy with your walker, cane, walking partner, and get in the soothing outdoors to stay as mobile as possible.

Please remember that aging is for the strong; just like you.

Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

(image from Unsplash)

Exercise Pays Off…

literally.

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Picking up a coin from the floor, or elsewhere, gives new meaning to “your exercise will pay off and reward you.” Many ideas can be read into this thought.

I just had to post this mental image; because, I have heard about studies that prove money is the greatest motivator for people to continue their exercise program. This is one of  the reasons people who join an on-going class and/or gym have better results; because, they want to keep their purchase, not throw it away.

So, if you want to be able to pick up your loose change and add more value to your day, keep up with your healthy lifestyle program.

Thank you and good-bye for now.

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

Safety Tip

Ear bud in only one ear, please.

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Please be safe and careful when you are using your devices. Always be aware of your surroundings by keeping both eyes open and at least one ear on. That means you should only use one ear piece so you can hear what is going on around you. Thank you. I feel better knowing that you are safe.

Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

ACE Walking Fun Fact

“About 2000 steps equal one mile.”

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You do not need to measure the exact amount of your activity; although, it does help to keep you motivated. With that in mind, do not worry about going overboard with the feeling that you must have the exact measure of a mile or your steps.

We all have our own stride length for many reasons; so, please, use this tip as a ball park figure for comparison in your log. Remember, it is approximately 2000 steps in a mile, not exactly 2000 steps.

Now, if you want to get more exercise while doing those steps, go out into the mud as I did. Boy, that wet clay sure does get heavy and bog me down. The photo shows the mud dry and shaken off from yesterday when I had to divert puddles of water away from our building. No worries, I left enough room and water for the little tree frogs and tadpoles to mature. I have all kinds of company everywhere I go, yay.

Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

 

ACE Walking Fun Fact

“Walking is good medicine: it can help you improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels.”

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Wow, who knew that walking can be that powerful? Only everyone since the beginning of time.

Hippocrates, ~400 BC, knew that environment, activities of daily living and diet are the deciding factors of our health.

Plato, ~300 BC,  knew that God gave us education and exercise to work together for our best life possible.

Look at the ancient practices of China and India, which have been keeping their people healthy for 4000 to 5000 years.

This makes me love my walks that much more; how about you?

Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)